Attendees at the Waihao Wainono Community Catchment Group Field Day were informed about up to date research to help farmers to maximise their soil while meeting land management rules.
Plant and Food Research Scientist Trish Fraser used soil samples that had been under different management to demonstrate the rates of water infiltration when a soil has been repeatedly cultivated or under pasture. Soil structure under pasture is greatly improved with time.
The communication of scientific research to those who can benefit from it is key to keeping New Zealand agriculture moving forward and preserving our environment.
Image: Soil scientist Trish Fraser talks to farmers at the Waihao Wainono Community Catchment Group’s field day at Hugh and Liz Wigley’s farm. Photo / Sally Brooker.